Surviving Bed Rest During Pregnancy

Surviving Bed Rest During Pregnancy

Finding out that you have to go on bed rest during pregnancy is often a shock to an expecting mom.  It’s a tornado of emotions – fear, anger, sadness, guilt, and many more often felt all at once.  Finding out that you have to go on bed rest isn’t something that you expect to hear when you go in for your baby’s checkup. You expect wonderful news, smiling sonographers, nurses, midwives, and doctors.  After finding out the news expecting moms usually feel overwhelmed and stressed about their baby’s well being.  They often start feeling overwhelmed and have a strong sense of unpreparedness of having to leave work earlier than expected and losing the extra income.  Sometimes bed rest can’t be avoided because it is the best interest of mother and baby.  I was on bed rest for two pregnancies and I’m going to give you some tips and tricks for surviving bed rest during pregnancy.


Take Naps

Geez, that sounds so simple doesn’t it? I mean, that’s why the doctor put you on bed rest in the first place. Seriously though, get rest and take naps.  They don’t have to be long ones but you should definitely get a nap in every day. It recharges your body, puts your body into relaxation mode, and taking naps during the day can help battle the night-time ups and downs of running to the bathroom from having the baby putting pressure on your bladder.

Learn Something New

Being on bed rest two times, I can personally tell you that it feels like your brain is turning to mush.  There are so many things that you can learn from the comfort of your couch or bed.  Here are just a few ideas that can help you survive bed rest. 

Learn to crochet or knit

I learned to crochet before I was pregnant but didn’t take it serious until I was 26 weeks pregnant with my daughter and was put on bed rest.  I used YouTube and followed the super easy tutorials to make hats, scarves, blankets, and even cute little flowers and bows.


Puzzles keep you sharp

Whether it be word searches, crosswords, Sudoku, or cryptic puzzles, they’ll keep your brain active.  An idle mind can lead to sadness and depression.  If you don’t know how to do puzzles such as Sudoku you can download apps that give tutorials and even hints throughout the game and they will surely entertain you for hours.


Read a good book

Feeling lonely? Reading a book that piques your interest can definitely get you out of the funk.  If you’ve ever wanted time to read the classics or to read the Bible from cover to cover, this is your chance.  It takes time to read a novel and time is something you have a lot of.  Try out different authors and genres, you may just find a new love!


Online Games

You can use Facebook and other online networks to play games such as Scrabble, Monopoly, chess, Rook, etc.  It’ll keep you in touch with the outside world and a little competition will give you a little boost throughout the day.



One of my favorite things that I no longer have time for is scrapbooking. Looking back now I wish I would have done more to prepare for the pictures that I would take of my children. You can create a scrapbook with yet to be had memories of your new bundle of joy.  After getting the pictures developed it is as easy as sliding them in the pre-made scrapbook pages and you have your very own baby book! Crafting in general will keep your hands and mind busy doing something fun and creative.


Binge Watch TV

Being pregnant doesn’t always keep you in the mood to be doing something active. We have sluggish days or just days that we don’t feel well at all.  Find a TV series on Netflix or Hulu and watch until your hearts content.  Be careful though, watching something too dramatic, depressing, or scary for a long time can really affect your mood and you’ll feel worse than you already did.  Keep it cheerful and take breaks!


Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

If you’re on bed rest because you really shouldn’t be moving – don’t.  Don’t be afraid to ask loved ones or friends to help out.  The whole point of being on bed rest is to keep you and your baby safe, so keep that as your priority.  Laundry piling up? Kids need to be at practice?  Dinner that needs to be made?  Talk to your family and share the seriousness of the situation and risks of you doing too much.  They don’t know if you don’t tell.  If you are on your own and don’t have a support system of friends or family, you can still receive help.  Reach out to local churches or community groups for the help you need.  A lot of these organizations have programs to help out so don’t be afraid to reach out.  If you don’t know where to start ask your doctor or midwife to point you in the right direction.

Being on bed rest is not fun, I’m not going to lie. I was on bed rest almost my entire pregnancy with my son. It was depressing, lonesome, and frustrating.  Looking back now it was only a smart part of  my now 3-year old son’s life and I’d do it all over again if I had to.  You will get through this.  If someone you know is on bed rest, please help them out.  Share this post with them or their loved ones to help support them.

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2 thoughts on “Surviving Bed Rest During Pregnancy

  1. These are some really great tips. When I spent my month on hospital bedrest almost twelve years ago, I had no internet access and was in a hospital a hundred miles away from home. People who haven’t been there have NO idea how stressful bedrest is. Knitting helped a LOT. One of the doctors told me that she wished all of her patients were knitters, because those of us with yarn and needles had lower blood pressure and were calmer. (She also offered to stop and pick me up supplies on her way home from work because I’d run out. Best doctor ever, even though I didn’t take her up on it.)

    1. What a blessing to have such a supportive doctor! Yes, crocheting definitely kept me calm and my blood pressure under control – thanks for reading!

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